2020 Categories

Entries for the 2020 Global Good Awards are now open! To see who won in 2019, click here

Are we eligible to enter?

Our awards programme is open to all organisations of any kind… companies large and small, charities, not-for-profits, social enterprises, NGOs, membership and accreditation organisations and government departments including local and county councils. We are all about rewarding sustainability practice – in all its forms. So if your organisation is making a difference, directly or indirectly to people and planet, you’re eligible.

Our category descriptions and criteria have been written to guide entrants on what content should be detailed in their entries. However, we do not expect square pegs to fit in round holes… Some of your business activities or dedicated programmes might not fit entirely with any one specific category. In these cases, the descriptions and criteria are open to an element of interpretation and rest assured that our judges will still take into account entries that are strongly aligned with the overall context of the category.

If you have any concerns about the suitability of your entry, or would like to discuss your activities in more detail, we are here to help. Give Karen a call on 07813 718541 or email us.

New categories for 2020 include:- Young Campaigner of the Year (free to enter) and Best Carbon Footprint Reduction of the Year.

If you’re considering entering, you can keep up to date with entry information by Registering your intention to enter. You can also read more about our Entry Process here.

Global Good Company of the Year

If your corporation, of over 250 staff, has developed an effective, comprehensive and purpose-driven responsible business programme that is credible, results driven, addresses your core business function and reinforces your commitment to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner, then your organisation is eligible to enter this award.


The 2019 Winner was WSP

Global Good SME of the Year 

This award is aimed any established enterprise of less than 250 employees, which is operating with effective and comprehensive purpose driven sustainability in mind; that is credible, results driven, addresses your core business function and reinforces your commitment to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner.


The 2019 Winner was David Miller Architects

Individual Leader of the Year

Sponsored by Prospect Arts

This award is open to organisations wishing to enter an individual (or themselves) who have shown outstanding leadership in promoting responsible and ethical practices within their chosen field. This can include individuals from Head of Department roles up to CEO level or those leading a programme within the organisation such as a charity partnership or employee engagement scheme.


The 2019 Winner was Sue Riddlestone (Bioregional)

Canon Young Champion of the Year {NEW FOR 2020}

Sponsored by Canon EMEA

We are looking for the next young person who has shown outstanding leadership in campaigning for a good cause around a social or environmental issue. If you have shed light on a local or global issue, and are between 9-21 years old, then you can submit an entry to this free-to-enter category, sponsored by Canon EMEA.


This is a new category for 2020

Community Partnership of the Year Awards (multiple awards)

These multiple winning awards sit under one umbrella of ‘community partnerships’ which will be split into sub-categories focusing on three key areas:- combined Social & Environmental Sustainability; Education, Employment & Entrepreneurship; and finally Health & Wellbeing. The awards will be presented to different organisations demonstrating varying qualities and commitment within their community development schemes. It will be at the discretion of the judges to decide upon the final sub-categories in order to align with entries received.


The 2019 Winners were: Hogan Lovells & Barefoot College, UBS & IRPC.

Best Education Project

This award is open to programmes that are developed with the aim of expanding learning, enhancing access to information and providing unique academic experiences. These programmes, with a ‘learning’ theme, should engage local schools or other education/training establishments showing creativity and innovation and can focus on any area of learning such as health & nutrition, employability skills, apprenticeships, diversity equality & inclusion, the environment or STEM and will have been delivered between 2017-2019 or will be ongoing.


The 2019 Winner was Toybank

Employee Engagement & Wellbeing

Sponsored by Hammerson plc 

If you are an organisation that demonstrates an all round commitment to your employees by supporting and delivering well thought out and successful workplace schemes, then you are eligible to enter this award. The award focuses on activities and practices developed to enhance employee well-being within and out of the workplace.


The 2018 Winner was GSK supporting Save the Children

Best Environmental Behaviour Change

This award is open to innovative projects, interventions or ongoing activities that have successfully changed the identified eco behaviours of its target audience(s). This award is open to any organisations that have successfully demonstrated that they delivered the desired behavioural change in their target group.


The 2018 Winner was Refill

Sustainable Supply Chain of the Year

This award is open to any organisations that are working independently or with partners and collaborators to ‘green’ the supply chain – to improve their processes and deliver an environmentally improved existing product or service. Key elements will include efficient and innovative utilisation of local and ideally replenishable resources and consideration and reduction of the transportation footprint of the products or services. This award goes beyond the simple purchase of recycled products and instead looks at the complete process of production and sourcing as far and wide as possible.


The 2019 winner was M&S and WWF

Circular Economy

Sponsored by Revive

This award is open to all organisations taking a ‘circular economy’ approach to overall organisational, site or project specific resources during 2017-2019. The winning entry will consider all aspects of not only waste reduction and recycling but will take a holistic approach to ‘The 5 R’s’ where relevant – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle – and will include supply chain integration and collaborative working.


The 2019 Winner was 3StepIT

Climate Action of the Year {NEW for 2020}

Sponsored by The Planet Mark

This award is open to any organisations that set new standards in lowering the carbon footprint impact of their business activities. This category is rewarding entities that are committed to reducing their carbon dioxide, and other greenhouse gas emissions, but will not give credit to those simply offsetting their emissions. The judges will be looking for evidence that the entity is doing their best to reduce and/or eliminate emissions to the greatest extent possible; with the ultimate aim of being ‘carbon neutral’ or, ideally, ‘carbon positive’.


This category is new for 2020

Best Product of the Year

This award is aimed at a product (or range of products) whose design and innovation serves a sustainable, social and/or environmental purpose. All phases of the lifecycle of the product (from conception, pre-production, production, distribution, usage, after usage) should be taken into account. Information about special materials as well as information about the production conditions will be considered. Extra weight will be given to those demonstrating true sustainable innovation in how they produced their product.


The 2019 winner was Alive & Kicking

Best Campaign of the Year

Sponsored by Seacourt Print

This award is open to any agency, consultancy or organisation that has developed an internal or external campaign to push environmental or social issues into the spotlight between 2017-2019 (or ongoing), or those which have developed and implemented effective purpose marketing which has created real change (also see Best Environmental Behaviour Change category).


The 2019 winner was Hubbub & Barley Communications

Best Start-up Enterprise of the Year

This award is aimed at any businesses start-up with a trading start date no earlier than January 2016 (incorporation date can be earlier if evidence of later trading is provided) with a purpose driven product or service and a holistic approach to innovative and leadership within their sector. The product or service can be anything that demonstrates positive social or environmental impact across any industry sector.


The 2019 winner was Used Kitchen Exchange

Technology for Good

This award is open to all technology products (software or hardware) that have generated a positive impact for the environment or in the community and helped to improve quality of life for people or the planet either on a local, national or international level. This positive impact could have been created either directly or indirectly (for example by helping a third sector organisation to achieve its objectives).


The 2019 winner was Addressing the Unaddressed

Special Judges Award for Innovation

This award will be given, at the Judges’ discretion, to the most innovative entry from across all categories in the 2020 awards programme (with the exception of Global Good Company/SME of the Year, Individual Leader of the Year and Special Judges Award for SDGs) as long as the ‘Innovation’ box is selected within the application.


The 2019 winner was Medair and Qlik

Special Judges Award for SDGs

This award is open to any organisation which can demonstrate clear progress towards meeting or exceeding one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relevant to its own business activities or within its overall sustainability programme.


The 2019 winners were Hogan Lovells & Barefoot College (for breadth across multiple goals) and Leanpath (for depth in a single target).

Interested in Entering?

For more information about entering, read about our Entry Process